President Obama wielded a freshly printed jobs-plan in Florida on Tuesday, seeking to deflect Republican charges that he has failed to outline a vision for a second term in office — though the glossy booklet contained no new proposals.
The 20-page “Blueprint for America” will be distributed at rallies and Obama campaign offices nationwide. Included are proposals on education spending, domestic energy production, reducing the federal deficit and increasing taxes on the wealthy.
“My plan actually will move America forward,” Obama told supporters in Delray Beach, Fla., holding up the blueprint. “And by the way, the math in my plan adds up.”
Even as he unveiled his jobs plan, Obama spent more time bashing Republican challenger Mitt Romney than discussing his policy proposals at his first post-debate stop. He said that Romney’s rhetoric at Monday's third and final debate was “grade-three Romnesia,” an ailment invented by Obama to paint the former Massachusetts governor as a flip-flopper.
Obama is looking to balance such attacks with a closing argument about his own accomplishments and vision.
A new television ad released by the Obama campaign Tuesday attempts to convince Americans they are better off than four years ago.
“We’re not there yet,” Obama says directly into the camera. “But we’ve made real progress and the last thing we should do is turn back now.”
The television spot will air in nine battleground states, including Virginia.